In Brief: Siemens to cut thousands of jobs, plus an update on the temporary closure of Treptow water playground

Siemens will cut jobs in Germany and internationally, plus district office releases cause of skin rash affecting dozens of children in Treptow-Köpenick. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.




The industrial giant Siemens has announced it intends to cut 2,700 jobs worldwide — more than half of which will be here in Germany. The layoffs in its power and gas division have been attributed in part to overcapacity in the gas turbine market, especially as Germany transitions to greener energy.

Der Tagesspiegel reported that Siemens plans to cut 470 jobs at the Schaltwerk, or switchgear factory, in Spandau. In a press release, the IG Metall metalworkers’ union in Berlin called the restructuring irresponsible and said they’d fight to ensure as few Berlin employees as possible have to give up their jobs.

Already last fall, Siemens announced it would cut a total of 700 jobs at the Dynamowerk production facility and the gas turbine plant, both here in Berlin. Siemens said then the reduced costs in its power and gas division would mean saving 270 million euros in Germany.


A follow-up to a story we told you about earlier this week — the district office of Treptow-Köpenick has pinpointed the cause of the skin rashes affecting dozens of kids who had visited the Plansche im Plänterwald water playground in Treptow.

Doctors said it was due to the poisonous hairs of oak processionary moths. Previously, it had been unclear whether the skin reactions were due instead to methods used to extract the moths from nearby trees — specifically, whether any chemicals were used in the process. But investigators have now ruled chemicals out.

The water playground will remain closed until the insects are completely removed.

This news is brought to you in cooperation with Berliner Rundfunk.  Photo featuring the caterpillar of an oak processionary moth via Good Free Photos 

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